RIDOH reopens Third Beach to swimming

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Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) officials announced this afternoon that they have recommended reopening Third Beach in Middletown for swimming, after closing it on Thursday due to high bacteria counts.

This recommendation is based on results from water samples that show bacteria levels within acceptable limits. RIDOH will continue to monitor the water quality regularly to assure safe bathing throughout the summer season.The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).
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Original Story – May 30th at 9:47 am

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced this morning that they have recommended closing Third Beach in Middletown for swimming because of high bacteria levels.

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Historically, RIDOH says on their website that beach closures in Rhode Island have been closely tied to precipitation. Stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces transports contamination (including bacteria) to our fresh and salt-water bodies.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season.

The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).

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